United Way and Organized Labor: Working Together to Fight For Our Community
During the past year, the United Way’s Department of Labor Participation continued successful partnerships with the Lackawanna and Pocono Workforce Investment Boards. The Department also continued its work with the Northeast Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center to promote manufacturing in our region, retain jobs and create new employment opportunities for displaced workers.
The Department continues to be an integral part of the Commonwealth’s Rapid Response Team—meeting immediately with over 300 displaced workers to quickly help them access important services during unemployment, including the distribution of an informational “Services for the Unemployed” brochure, available through the rapid response team, online and at the CareerLink of Lackawanna County.
The Department was pleased to once again support the Letter Carrier Branch 17’s successful Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive to help fill the shelves of area food pantries and supported our local veterans through the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency’s creation of a Veteran’s Resource Council to help our nation’s veterans here at home.
The Department proudly carried on the tradition of honoring an individual or group from the ranks of organized labor with the William E. Cockerill, Sr. award, presented this year to Rick Schraeder, IBEW Local 81. Rick has taken a leading role in the United Way’s campaign for more than 10 years. As chair of the Electrical Contractors Division, he personally reached out to every member of Local 81 and was instrumental in supporting the first-time campaign at Kiewit Power Constructors in Jessup. Rick has also served as a member of the United Way’s Board of Directors and is active in a number of other community organizations.